In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s steep youth unemployment rate and poverty rate have been exacerbated. MDRC will partner with Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud (Youth Development Institute) to identify promising evidence-based practices to provide Puerto Rican youth with opportunities to enter the labor market. They will leverage the opportunities offered by the Puerto Rican reconstruction to create pathways for youth, including young parents, into the workforce. The partners will develop a set of evidence-based policy recommendations for use in federal advocacy efforts to secure more training and employment opportunities for youth while providing Puerto Rican leaders with education and technical assistance for implementing the proposed policies.
MDRC and the Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud will address the youth workforce participation crisis in Puerto Rico.